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2001 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Wesley E. Cantrell

Chairman, Retired

Lanier Worldwide, Inc.


Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Wes Cantrell, a Georgia native who was born during the Great Depression in 1935, was the son of a Baptist minister and teacher who moved his family often. "Whenever my father was asked to pastor a church, he would get a second ...

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1997 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Carlos H. Cantu*

President and CEO

ServiceMaster Company, L.P.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Carlos Cantu was born in 1934 in Brownsville, Texas. His father worked as an auto parts salesman for the Ford dealership in town and ran a wrecker service. Cantu attended a parochial school where ...

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1979 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Nick A. Caporella

Chairman and CEO

National Beverage Corporation

The son of Italian immigrants, Nick Caporella was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, a rural mining community. His father worked long days as a coal miner to support the family. His mother helped by running a dairy bar and sa...

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1966 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Chester Carlson*


Xerox Corporation

Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1906, Chester Carlson began working at the age of 12 in San Bernardino, California, to help his parents, who both had tuberculosis. By the time he was 14, he had become the family's chief financi...

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1979 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Curtis L. Carlson*

President & Chairman of the Board

Carlson Companies, Inc.

Curtis Carlson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1914. His father had immigrated to the United States from Sweden at the age of three. He became a salesman who called on small neighborhood grocers, and eventually bought a ...

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1975 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Edward E. Carlson*


UAL, Inc.

Edward Carlson was born in 1911 in Tacoma, Washington. Following his parents' divorce, Carlson worked at odd jobs to help his mother in Seattle. In 1928, he enrolled at the University of Washington and began his first h...

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1958 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

J.H. Carmichael*


Capital Airlines

J. H. Carmichael was born in Newark and worked as a miner, clerk, and farmer as a youth. He was a Michigan farm boy when he decided to make aviation his career. In 1926, at the age of 19, young Carmichael went to Chicago to tak...

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1965 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Paul Carnahan*

Chairman of the Board

National Steel Corporation

Born in Racine, Ohio, in 1904, Paul Carnahan was orphaned at age 14. He moved to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, as a child and went to work at age 16 as a collector for an insurance company. Subsequently, he worked as a substation...

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1994 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.

Founder & Chairman

American Cornerstone Institute

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Johns Hopkins Medical Institute

Ben Carson was born in Detroit to a mother who had dropped out of school in the third grade and was married at age 13. When Carson was eight, his parents divorced, and he went with his mother and brother to live with relatives ...

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1956 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Lester W. Carter*


American Hotel Association

Lester Carter began his career as a bellboy, where he dreamed of managing a hotel. His career was interrupted briefly during World War II. While he was overseas, he joined the Fred Harvey organization so that he could learn abo...

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